HotAir Daily Express 09/05/2012

Key Solyndra figures get red carpet treatment at Democratic convention?
9/5/2012 10:01:01 AM  Ed Morrissey
Want to know what Barack Obama’s second-term agenda will be?  Looking at the VIP admissions to the Democratic convention, the assumption will be more Solyndras and more wasted taxpayer dollars.  ABC News caught former Department of Energy official

DNC chair: That awful conservative newspaper misquoted me by, er, accurately writing what I said
9/5/2012 9:21:57 AM  Ed Morrissey
This week should be the crowning glory for Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chair of the DNC, as the national convention launches under her direction.  Instead, Wasserman Schultz ended up setting a trap and falling into it herself in the middle of the

Brooks: Man, these Democrats really love abortion, don’t they?
9/5/2012 8:41:55 AM  Ed Morrissey
Do they ever.  Until the Democratic convention got into prime time, speaker after speaker went to the podium to hail the Democratic Party sacrament, to the point that one would have thought that the source of most woes in America was an epidemic of

Obamateurism of the Day
9/5/2012 8:01:22 AM  Ed Morrissey
In 2008, Barack Obama promised to change the way Washington works and to bring people together.  In 2012, CNN’s Jessica Yellin asked Obama why he couldn’t accomplish that in his first term, and Obama said that … it’s his

We’re Trusting You With This (Confidential)
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Politico’s VandeHei: ‘Mainstream media tends to be quite smitten with the Obamas.’
9/5/2012 1:36:21 AM  Mary Katharine Ham
Analyzing the first night of the Democratic National Convention on a C-SPAN panel early Wednesday morning, Politico‘s Jim VandeHei admitted some of the praise for Michelle Obama may not be based only on her speech’s merits: “We just

Quotes of the day
9/4/2012 11:05:47 PM  Allahpundit
President Barack Obama says his Republican challenger has the “wrong vision” for the country. So what’s his? Some of his agenda for a second term is a continuation of the first. He’d raise taxes on annual family incomes above $250,000. He’d continue to

San Antonio’s Julián Castro tries out to be new Obama
9/4/2012 10:27:51 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Julián Castro is the first-term mayor of San Antonio, Texas. In political circles, he and his twin brother Joaquîn are bandied about as the next great Hispanic Hope (NYT‘s words, not mine!), the scions of a Texas activist family led by matriarch

Video: Convention devoted to women celebrates Ted Kennedy unironically
9/4/2012 9:41:57 PM  Allahpundit
I won’t run through the usual litany of misdeeds. If you don’t already know them by heart, you’ll commit them to memory eventually when you finally tire of liberals screeching at you for “hating women” while holding this guy

WaPo/ABC poll: Obama’s favorable rating now underwater — including with women
9/4/2012 8:50:25 PM  Allahpundit
B-b-b-but Madeleine Albright says she can’t understand why any woman would vote for Mitt Romney. Seriously, guys, I want to believe. I do. But … I don’t. Yet. Just 47 percent of registered voters in the latest ABC News/Washington Post

Powerhouse Planned Parenthood rally draws paltry crowd
9/4/2012 8:11:43 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A vagina costume lay abandoned in a sad, pink heap 20 yards from the stage at a Planned Parenthood rally in Charlotte Tuesday. The pink-clad crowd of women didn’t come close to filling its unlikely venue in the plaza of the NASCAR

DNC video: “Government is the only thing that we all belong to”; Update: Not our video, says Obama campaign
9/4/2012 7:30:13 PM  Allahpundit
Yes, rest assured, Romney and the GOP are already working on ads about this. It’s the GOP that cut the clip and circulated it, in fact. Mitt himself evidently can’t wait to get started: We don’t belong to government, the government

It’s official: We are now $16 trillion in debt
9/4/2012 6:58:17 PM  Erika Johnsen
That. Just. Happened. There’s been a bit of waffling on when exactly it occurred between last Friday and Tuesday, but regardless, that ship has sailed. Total U.S. government debt eclipsed $16 trillion for the first time Friday, new government data

Dem convention, night one: Abortion, more abortion, Julian “Who?” Castro, FLOTUS
9/4/2012 6:01:32 PM  Allahpundit
Here’s the hourly schedule. Even by the dreary standards of this convention’s line-up, tonight is especially dreary. Put it this way: From 7 p.m. until 10, arguably the most interesting speaker is … Linc Chafee. Get out your

CNN poll: Romney gets convention bounce of … one point
9/4/2012 5:21:56 PM  Allahpundit
Actually, that’s well in line with the 2004 and 2008 conventions, where two candidates got a two-point bump and the other two got no bounce at all. The race is even now at 48 among likely voters, and Romney/Ryan did itself some good on discrete

Ryan: “Four years into a presidency and it’s incomplete?”
9/4/2012 4:41:57 PM  Erika Johnsen
Over the weekend, Democrats were repeatedly tripped up over the question of whether or not Americans are actually better off today than they were four years ago, and as Ed recounted this morning, Obama campaign spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter maintains that

Hmmm: New Democratic platform drops some pro-Israel language
9/4/2012 4:04:31 PM  Allahpundit
Via the Washington Free Beacon and Jeff Dunetz, who zeroes in on four key phrases that didn’t make the cut this time. Compare for yourself, though: The Israel section starts on page 38 of the 2008 platform and page 63 of the 2012 platform. Key bit

Dem governor: Attacking Obama for higher gas prices is “baloney”
9/4/2012 3:21:34 PM  Erika Johnsen
Is it, Governor Schweitzer? Is it? Via The Hill: Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) and Gov. Brian Schweitzer of Montana both said that Obama’s administration had made strides in implementing an “all of the above” approach to energy, with emphasis on both oil

Love: Obama bases his success on “how much money he’s divvying out”
9/4/2012 2:41:56 PM  Erika Johnsen
Mia Love, a Republican mayor from Utah running against a Democratic incumbent for the U.S. House of Representatives, made quite the breakout appearance with her brief but fiery speech towards the start of the Republican National Convention last week

Dems take $20 million in corporate money for convention
9/4/2012 2:01:47 PM  Ed Morrissey
It’s been amusing to see Democrats stumble repeatedly over the site name of their venue for Barack Obama’s acceptance speech on Thursday, Bank of America Stadium.  Some have taken to calling it “Panthers Stadium” in order to

The Ed Morrissey Show: Andrew Malcolm
9/4/2012 1:31:11 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (3 pm ET), my friend Andrew Malcolm joins us as always on today’s TEMS at 3 pm ET! The Prince of Twitter and I will discuss his travels at the Republican convention, the upcoming Democratic convention and its exciting

Mrs. Obama’s second-term agenda: Impacting “the nature of food in grocery stores”
9/4/2012 1:21:40 PM  Erika Johnsen
So, what I’m hearing is, it’s pretty much the same as the old agenda, except perhaps ramped up another nanny-state notch. In a yet another classic case of an inefficient, meddlesome bureaucracy attacking the symptoms instead of the disease

CA Dem chair compares Ryan to Goebbels — then exits Dem convention for a “pre-scheduled root canal”
9/4/2012 12:41:52 PM  Ed Morrissey
Well, the Democratic National Convention has gotten off to the kind of start one might expect after four years of Barack Obama.  First, Democratic campaign surrogates kept fumbling the hardly-unexpected “are you better off” question every

Cutter: An incomplete is a totally awesome grade after four years
9/4/2012 12:01:49 PM  Ed Morrissey
We’ve been waiting for the Barack Obama re-election campaign to come up with a new slogan ever since they added a period to “FORWARD.”  If the last 24 hours are any indication, the new slogan is either “INCOMPLETE” or

Dem platform backs taxpayers subsidies for abortion through birth
9/4/2012 11:21:59 AM  Ed Morrissey
Democrats released their approved platform last night, a curious Labor Day exercise considering the results.  With unemployment the chief concern of voters in this election, how often does the word “unemployment” appear in the DNC document? 

Manufacturing drop “sharpest” in 3 years in August
9/4/2012 10:41:30 AM  Ed Morrissey
While Democrats continue to fumble the “better off” question,  new economic indicators provided even more of a challenge to Barack Obama and his surrogates as the Democratic National Convention opens today.  Manufacturing dropped in August